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Mt. Wachusett Old-growth Still Threatened by Proposed Ski Expansion
23 Feb 2001
Mass Earth First! continues its campaign to protect the state's largest remaining stand of old-growyh forest atop Mt. Wachusett. The ski operators continue to press for an expansion into a vital buffer zone that protects the old-growth. Eyeball-to-eyeball, someone has to blink. NO COMPROMISE IN DEFENSE OF MOTHER EARTH!

Private, for-profit ski operators, Wachusett Mountain Associates (WMA),who lease our public land on Mt. Wachusett in north-central Mass, plan to begin their ill-conceived ski area expansion into the critical buffer zone of Massachusetts' largest stand of old-growth forest next spring. Forest activists in the Northeast, who have been on alert since last year, are hoping the present court challenge to the expansion will prevail. However, if WMA wins, only non-violent direct action will stand in the way of the proposed destruction.
Mt. Wachusett is of biological,historical and cultural importance to all. The mountain is sacred to the Nipmuc people who have lived in the region for thousands of years. The largest remaining stand of old-growth forest remaining in the state sits atop Wachusett. The largest Mountain Laurel in the state lives WITHIN the expansion zone. Expanded ski areas and increased profits to the lessee seem of little importance when placed along side such natural treasures.

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is deeply in bed with WMA , though some Department dissent concerning the project does exist. Last spring members of the Sierra Club and a local activist group, WEST, were denied
access to the site as they attempted to participate in the DEM's own "Biodiversity Days", a sort of bio-census of the state. Apparently, the DEM isn't interested in whatever bio-diversity might exist in the old-growth buffer zone they have condemned to the axe. Those players have taken WMA and the state to court over procedural errors on the proposal. That case was the reason given by the DEM for denial of access to the buffer zone. Go figure.

Other groups, Friends of Mt. Wachusett and MassPirg, have called for a boycott of Polar, Cape Cod, and Adirondak beverages as part of the campaign to protect the old-growth. Both companies are owned by the wealthy and well-connected Crowley family of Massachusetts, some of whom are principals in WMA. Know one seems to know who drinks the awful stuff, but making life difficult for forest destroyers is another good reason not to drink it. Pass the word on that one AND ask your skiing and snowboarding friends to eschew WMA's slopes until the Crowleys come to their senses and cancel the expansion. You can also make your displeasure known on WMA's own website chatroom (

Any time is a remarkably good time to defend old-growth forests in north-central Massachusetts. Please, if you are one who's concerned about the fate of the Earth, get in touch with us..

Contact: Mass EF!
POB 35, Montague, MA 01351
takeaction2001 (at) or valeoftheoaks (at)
Native Forest Network, nfnena (at) (802)863-0571
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Those websites Again...
23 Feb 2001

24 Feb 2001
I,m willing to lock down at the state house over this one.

Michael Thomas Siciliano
263 Suffolk st
Holyoke MA 01040